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Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for Fayette County circuit judgeship

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has announced nominees to fill the judicial vacancy on Fayette County Circuit Court. Fayette makes up the 22nd Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s 4th Division. The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys John Edwards Reynolds, Erin Celeste Sammons and Thomas M. Todd, all...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for circuit judgeship in Clark and Madison counties

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the Circuit Court vacancy for Clark and Madison counties. The counties make up the 25th Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s 1st Division. John D. Minton Jr. The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys Brandy Oliver Brown of Berea, Heidi Beth...

Mark Wohlander: Whistleblowers play key role in rooting out government waste, fraud, abuse

By Mark Wohlander Special to KyForward One could only hope Chief Justice John D. Minton was sincere when he said “transparency and accountability are bedrock principles in maintaining trust in state government.” More than 30 years after the Kentucky legislature enacted the state’s open records laws, the Kentucky Supreme Court has finally acknowledged that it is not above the law. The policy overturns...

Kentucky Supreme Court adopts first formal open records policy, expands electronic access

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has approved an open records policy that guides how the public accesses the administrative records of the state court system. The seven Supreme Court justices voted unanimously to adopt the policy, which will take effect Aug. 15. This is the first open records policy for the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operations arm of the court system. The policy is in...

Suspended Administrative Office of Courts employee Brown files suit on ‘improprieties,’ faces termination

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A suspended employee of the Administrative Office of the Courts has filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging improprieties within the government agency that oversees the operation of the state’s judicial system. Scott Brown was placed on administrative leave earlier this year after reporting concerns to his supervisor, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Franklin...

Three finalists named for vacant District Court judgeship for Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Justice Michelle M. Keller on behalf of Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., has announced nominees to fill the vacant District Court judgeship for Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties. The counties make up the 19th Judicial District. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Kimberly Leet Razor of Flemingsburg, Jeffrey Louis Schumacher of...

Fayette Circuit Judge Goodwin among three nominees for vacancy on state Court of Appeals

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., Friday announced three nominees to fill the vacant Court of Appeals judgeship that serves the 5th Appellate District in Central Kentucky. The vacancy is in the district’s Division 1. The commission met Thursday in Frankfort. The three nominees for the judgeship are Pamela R. Goodwine of Lexington and Robert...

Lisabeth T. Hughes named deputy chief justice of Supreme Court of Kentucky

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has named Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes as deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. Hughes has served as a justice since 2007 and as a judge for 20 years. The deputy chief justice fills in when the chief justice recuses in a case or an administrative matter. “Justice Hughes and I have served on the Supreme Court together for 10 years and...

Candidates for Letcher County Circuit Court set by Judicial Nominating Commission

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced nominees to fill the vacant Circuit Court judgeship in Letcher County, which is the 47th Judicial Circuit. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Harold D. Boling of Whitesburg, James Wiley Craft II of Eolia and Darrell Hall of Whitesburg. Boling has been in solo law practice since January...